Tensions between multiple countries remain at an all time high with leaders trying to prove who’s in charge when there’s really only one superpower and it’s America. Ever since President Donald Trump showed force in Syria by dropping 59 missiles, it marked the start of a series of threats and counter attacks which haven’t stopped since, involving North Korea and Russia who decided to play tough with Trump. Now, it appears that someone is planning an attack on our soil after what was just intercepted right outside Alaska and we know who was in it.
The military and the state of Alaska are on high alert after a security announcement was released Monday night. North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un narrowly avoided a preemptive attack from the U.S. in his country this past weekend, after his weapons testing failed — either by inadequate equipment or special U.S. intervention. Kim isn’t the only one angry at our country and our president, as is evident after whose bombers were just intercepted in America’s airspace outside Alaska.
NBC News reports:
“The Russian long-range TU-95 Bear bombers breached airspace around the U.S and Canada known as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone in which aircraft must be readily identified and report details of their course and destination. The Russian bombers stayed in international airspace.”
As a deliberate show of force and defiance of our airspace agreements, our military, and our president, Russia taunted our country by being forced out through Air Force interception, by purposefully entering and ignoring the rules of clearly identifying themselves, as is protocol. However, they didn’t just break the rules by air.
“The bombers flew near the Aleutian Islands. The Russians also had maritime patrol aircraft in the vicinity,” the NBC News report continued. “The U.S. scrambled two F-22 fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to intercept the Russian planes.”
According to the Washington Examiner, “the Russian TU-95 ‘Bear’ bombers are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but there was no indication the planes were armed, and the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace, the official said.”
Russia has intentionally taunted our country by air before with their bombers as some kind of military game Vladimir Putin likes to play. The last breach of our airspace was in 2015, but they have done this a total of 60 times since 2007. It’s of greater concern today, considering the partnership of protection Russia has with Syria, who they vowed to help after Trump bombarded them with Tomahawk missiles in response to their leader gassing his own people.
Ultimately, the Russians peacefully left our airspace despite “no bridge-to-bridge communication between the US and Russian aircraft,” according to NBC. Three U.S. officials report that the Russians acted “very professionally” about it.
While it’s chilling to think that we could be on the brink of World War III, it’s probably not a fight that Russia or North Korea are prepared to get into. Their military and weaponry don’t stand up to America’s and chances are, this was more a show of aggression than anything else, intended to taunt Trump.